Is it beneficial or a detrimental to use a 2 speed reel when rock fishing?

DMcD

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Nov 21, 2011
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fishing for reds or whatever is one thing. but if you've ever put a live squid down on a dropper loop at night at Guadalupe for yellowtail, you have a 2 speed in low gear with the drag hammered down so you can get a few cranks and start that fish coming in the right direction, instead of rocking your world!
 

lkatdpelicanfly

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It's detrificial unless your fishing for those Pedroid RF at the outlet of the LA River. If you hook one of those rippa bococheos hopped up from constant exposure to ddt, pcb, pcb and meth speedball residue washing down..a 2 speed ca be benemental.
 
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hucklongfin

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It's detrificial unless your fishing for those Pedroid RF at the outlet of the LA River. If you hook one of those rippa bococheos hopped up from constant exposure to ddt, pcb, pcb and meth speedball residue washing down..a 2 speed ca be benemental.
When you're down there fishing for those rippa bococheos stop drinking the water!
 

MilkFish

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Thankyou guys for the reply's. from what I gathered there is no inherent downside from using a 2 speed besides the start up cost of buying one and some trouble with using the lever drag and by being judged by the other people on the boat. The plus side of using one seems to be that the fight off the bottom will be easier, and when I get hooked on some larger white fish, lingcod, etc... it will help in the fight. Correct me if im wrong on my assessment, but based on what you all posted I'm gonna take out my two speed on the next trip because to me the pros out weigh the cons and since I already own one there is no added expense in using it. I'm panning on bring the Torium too so after that trip is over ill post a specific compare and contrast on the two set ups
 
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ShadowX

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Thankyou guys for the reply's. from what I gathered there is no inherent downside from using a 2 speed besides the start up cost of buying one and some trouble with using the lever drag and by being judged by the other people on the boat. The plus side of using one seems to be that the fight off the bottom will be easier, and when I get hooked on some larger white fish, lingcod, etc... it will help in the fight. Correct me if im wrong on my assessment, but based on what you all posted I'm gonna take out my two speed on the next trip because to me the pros out weigh the cons and since I already own one there is no added expense in using it. I'm panning on bring the Torium too so after that trip is over ill post a specific compare and contrast on the two set ups
Take it out if you already have it. There is no shame in it. You wish you had one when you need it. What you do is keep it in high gear and then switch to the low gear. You will notice that its a lot easier to wind and less stress on your back. The negative is that it would take twice as many winds to get it to the top. When I had my 2 speed setup before I got my Fathom Levelwind, I would keep it in high gear until a large fish hooks up or if there is strong current and you need at least a pound of weight to keep setup on the bottom.

What I find to be more important is to have a short light and flexible rod. Since you will mostly be using spectra, the flexible rod helps take up the shock and head shakes. You can use a longer rod, but make sure it has a lot of flex as a shock absorber. I ended up finding a really nice Tsunami slow pitch rod that is cheap and strong. Usually, slow pitch rods have a small reel seat, but this one has a soft foam foregrip. For the price, I use it as a beater rod. I don't have to baby it like my Synit Tuna Pro 200.
 

Dirty805

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Nov 20, 2020
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I'm pretty new to fishing overall. I used a yard sale single speed level wind (not great condition) Penn on my first couple of boat trips, with my bad shoulders and lack of understanding on how to control the rod, I was dying the day of and sore the day after. I picked up an AVET SXJ Raptor as the Penn was loaned from a friend. I'll kick the Avet into low to get me started if I'm feeling like I'm not getting the fish moving in the proper direction, then switch back to high. I didn't think it would be something to be embarrassed about (using a 2-speed) since I just enjoy the fishing and I like my gear to be versatile, since I plan to do both offshore, onshore and inshore (when I finally move out of California)